The Yoga of Weight Loss: How I Lost 30 Pounds Meditating (and What I Gained)

“Clear your mind. Your heart is trying to tell you something.” ~ Unknown I recently lost 30-plus pounds without trying or intending to. I remember excitedly sharing this news on social media one day, after stepping on a scale in

Yogic Sleep Management: How to Mitigate Physiological Hindrances to Sleep

When you have trouble sleeping, it is useful to conduct a thorough investigation and try to get to the root of the problem. We often do it by a method of elimination. First, we take a look at the environmental

Healthy Practice: Balancing Freedom and Restraint in Yoga

The work of legendary furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames has been described as a balance of freedom and restraint. Mr. Eames was once asked: “Have you ever been forced to accept compromises?” He responded: “I don’t remember ever being

Yoga’s Trikonasana: A Convergence of Triangles

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) is a universally important component of our yoga practice in helping us to practice most other asanas with greater ease and intelligence. Here we will share some tips on Triangle Pose. It teaches us how to extend the

Lateral Love: A Gentle Yin Yoga Sequence to Lengthen the Side Body

Yin yoga can be magical. As it works to elongate your connective tissues, it can create space in places you likely didn’t even realize were constricted. Personally, one of those tight-but-I-didn’t-know-it places was my side body. A great deal of

Confessions of a Christian Yogi: How I Balance Faith and Career

This topic has been weighing heavily on my heart for the past few months. It’s different from most of my blog posts, as I won’t be offering up any “tips or suggestions” for you. Instead, I’m offering up a look

Tantrum Yoga: A Two-Minute Recipe for Inner Peace

I’ve been doing one of those intense, year-long spiritual programs, where meditating on a daily lesson will, I hope, bring me bit by bit closer to the divine. It’s been hard—really hard—but also amazing. I have 47 days to go.

Visualize and Mobilize: A Gentle Somatic Yoga Flow

Quantum physics has demonstrated that physical change can come about simply by using the mind’s creative ability to visualize. This is why practitioners of Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) are encouraged to creatively explore visualization techniques while engaging the practice’s various

Yoga’s Pigeon Pose—Let’s Talk About It

Ah, Pigeon Pose. It seems to be included in about nine out of ten yoga classes. As a teacher, if I don't cue it, I’ll see students trying to squeeze it in (if I offer time for any additional poses before

Craving Deep Sleep? Ditch Caffeine, Alcohol and Your Alarm Clock—Try Gentle Yoga

Previously we discussed the two most important factors that can interfere with your sleep quality and quantity—light and temperature. Both of those factors affect the release of melatonin, a hormone that signals the brain that it is time to go to